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September 19, 2015

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Sport heritage and innovation is the theme of Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015 as we join the Ontario Heritage Trust and Doors Open Ontario in their year-long celebration of sport.
Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres (x miles) west of Toronto. The region is made up of three urban municipalities – Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo – and four rural townships – North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

With a combined population of more than 553,000, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario and is expected to reach a total population of 729,000 by 2031.

Waterloo Region residents enjoy excellent educational institutions, health services and cultural and recreational facilities. The Region of Waterloo International Airport affords convenient access to domestic and international destinations; Toronto's Pearson International Airport is located only 45 minutes away.

Waterloo Region is distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary educational institutions and world-class skills and talent. The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning host over 50,000 post-secondary students annually, including 10,000 graduate and 11,000 cooperative education students. Wilfrid Laurier University has one of the largest business schools in Canada, and is renowned for its science and music faculties. The University of Waterloo is home to the largest cooperative education program in the world, and is consistently ranked first in its role as the nation's most innovative university.

Our balance of urban and rural landscapes and lifestyles, skilled labour force, proximity to major North American markets and transportation networks, as well as diverse ethnic makeup, contribute to the continued success of this area.

Do you want to get involved?

If you'd like to volunteer with Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015, send us an email at doorsopen@regionofwaterloo.ca.

Parking
Partial wheelchair access
Washrooms
Kid-friendly
Self-guided tours available

Button Factory Arts

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
25 Regina Street South
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1886
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This former factory, a successful adaptive reuse project, retains many original architectural features, including its numerous windows, which create a bright interior. Richard Roschman’s button manufacturing company was in operation here until 1944. The building has been home to the Waterloo Community Arts Centre since 1993. Come and enjoy a free Family Mapping Workshop between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Parking
Full wheelchair access
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Self-guided tours available

CIGI Campus

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit one of Waterloo’s newest academic buildings, the CIGI Campus. Designed to house several research and academic institutions focused on global issues, including the Balsillie School of International Affairs, this Oxbridge-style complex features a landscaped interior courtyard with public art, a signature bell tower and a wood-clad 250-seat auditorium for academic and public events.
Washrooms
Guided tours available
Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

First Church of Christ, Scientist

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
64 Water Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1899
Architect: Joseph Taft, New York
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Despite roadwork, this site will be open during Doors Open. This rare treasure of Arts and Crafts style, practically unaltered inside and out, features abundant black ash trim throughout, curved benches, leaded and stained glass windows, 1,098-pipe Casavant organ, massive dry-laid stone foundation, triangular footprint and a lovely corner turret.